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The Great Leveler

by- Walter Scheidel


The Great Leveler (2017) examines the inequalities that different cultures have endured throughout history. It emphasizes war, pestilence, and other big disasters as a leveler of the uneven distribution of power and property, begging the question: can equality be achieved nonviolently?

Walter Scheidel is a humanities professor at Stanford University with degrees in both history and biology. He has written several works, including the well-received Slavery in the Ancient World.

• People interested in the history of inequality
• Whoever is interested in politics
• Those who like exploring other cultures